Dragon Ball (VIZBIG Edition), Vol. 1: The Quest for the Seven Dragon Balls (1)

Dragon Ball (VIZBIG Edition), Vol. 1: The Quest for the Seven Dragon Balls (1)

Posted by jack_miller | Published 5 months ago

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By: Akira Toriyama

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A seminal series from a legendary creator. Dragon Ball, a wry update on the Chinese "Monkey King" myth, introduces us to Son Goku, a young monkey-tailed boy whose quiet life is turned upside-down when he meets Bulma, a girl determined to collect the seven "Dragon Balls." If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered all over the world, and to get them she needs the help of a certain super-strong boy...

A Collection of Volumes 1 - 3!

Legend has it that if all seven of the precious orbs called "Dragon Balls" are gathered together, an incredibly powerful dragon god will appear to grant one wish. Unfortunately, the orbs are scattered across the world, making them extremely difficult to collect.

Enter 16-year-old Bulma, a scientific genius who has constructed a radar to detect the exact locations of the Dragon Balls. She's on a mission to find all seven orbs, but first she must convince young Son Goku to join her on her quest. With a monkey tail, super-human strength, and a magic staff for a weapon, Son Goku's ready to set out on the adventure of a lifetime...
Okay so this edition of the Dragon Ball manga has a few ups and downs.

This is the classical Dragon Ball story, from Goku meeting Bulma up to Kuririn defeating Bacterian in the 21st Tenka'ichi Budokai. You are getting a lot in terms of story, leading to about a 2 hour read. The characters are charming and flawed, leading to many comical situations. Be warned though that many of the jokes are crude and perverted in nature, so of you're not in to that, then this may not be for you.

The art in this part of the story is absolutely stunning. Especially when compared to later parts of the manga, it is very nice to look at. There are also a nice selection of full color and red tinted pages so that certain scenes look their best.

Physical Quality
The page quality is quite nice, there is no real risk of you accidentally tearing a page in this book. A little bit of damage on the corner of the cover but nothing so serious as to ruin the experience of reading.

This is the big sticking point for me. There are various parts of the story that censored (such as Bulma in the shower being covered in soap and Bulma giving the index finger instead of the middle finger). When considering some of the inappropriate situations in the manga, I don't think that covering up a few images really does the trick. The good news is that the censorship doesn't effect the story, so the plot is still understandable, but if your looking for an uncut version, this isn't the version for you.

Overall, this is a pretty good copy of the manga, though the censorship is annoying.

- alayah_torres

As a long time comic book reader but relatively new Manga reader I'm quite surprised by what I expected from Dragon Ball and what I got. I was expecting yelling, screaming and violence but got a humorous story that really surprised me. I gave the Vizbig a shot because I've heard so much about Dragon Ball over the years (since the 80s) but I always ignored it. I'm glad I finally gave it a chance. I'll be getting all the DB Vizbigs and am looking forward to the yelling, screaming and violence that's sure to come in Dragon Ball Z.

- aleah_davis

The first volume of the Dragon Ball 3-in-1 releases combines the first three volumes of the Dragon Ball manga into one edition. In addition to putting three volumes into one book, the physical size of the book has also increased. It's also interesting to note that roughly the first forty pages of the first volume and about fifteen pages of the second volume are printed in color. In both instances, the early color pages have a lot of color, but by the end of the color section, the amount of color being used is diminished. At the back of the volume, there is a title page gallery that includes the title pages for the individual chapters as they appeared in their original serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. There are also selected questions and comments from Japanese readers in the first three volumes of the original Dragon Ball manga, and the author notes from the first three volumes.

For the most part, the story from the anime series follows the first three volumes of the manga rather closely; the big exception is Pilaf and his cronies, because they appear much earlier in the anime than they do in the manga. This 3-in-1 edition covers the start of the story through Kuririn's battle with Bacterian at the Tenkaihci Tournament. It should also be noted that the English adaptation of the manga uses a combination of the original Japanese names for the characters with some of the renaming from the English dub of the anime. In some respects, I wish there had been more consistency when it came to using either all of the Japanese names or all of the English names when the translation for the English version of the manga was done.

Something I noticed while reading this volume is that for Dragon Ball, Toriyama tended to utilize more panels per page than the average manga that I have read. Because of this, I found that it took me a little longer to read this omnibus edition of Dragon Ball than it has for me to read the omnibus editions of the Inuyasha manga series. When it comes to the art, you can definitely see Toriyama's touch; if you have familiarity with Toriyama's work, then you can see all of the "hallmark Toriyama look" in this manga volume. Also, as I read through this volume, I saw that Toriyama really seemed to like utilizing "sound effects" in his panels when it's appropriate. For a shonen series, I'm actually pleasantly surprised to see that Toriyama doesn't rely too much on the "busy panel" tricks to convey the battle sequences.

My husband and I purchased the copy of the Dragon Ball 3-in-1 manga that I read to write this review.

- jameson_jimenez

I keep looking for uncut, original dialog and maybe completely in color. This is not it only the first chapter is in color. Still waiting a good uncut original translation.

- judah_miller

very noticeable crease in on the cover. When you buy new you expect new. Good quality book otherwise.

- daxton_hill

Best way to read Dragonball with buying individual chapters!

- kailyn_smith

I just received it in the mail. It arrived on time. Thank you! My daughter has already started reading it before she heads back to college this fall and needs it for class.

- coraline_bennet

Awesome gift to my students

- elle_reed

The Dragon Ball franchise - known by anyone and everyone across the globe for its action-packed fighting sequences, memorable voices and lest we forget wasting entire episodes to charge up world-destroying techniques. But of course, every franchise starts off small, and as with most other franchises, Dragon Ball began as a manga running in the Japanese magazine Shonen Jump in 1984.

The story revolves around Son Goku, a rather dim-witted, monkey-tailed boy living in the eastern region of Mount Paozu in the home of his late adoptive grandfather. But his life is changed indefinitely when he encounters a young woman from the cities of the West named Bulma who is searching for the seven magical eponymous Dragon Balls, which upon being gathered are said to grant any one wish. Holding onto the Four-Star Dragon Ball, a memento of his Grandpa Gohan, Goku joins Bulma on her quest across the globe in search of the Dragon Balls in the hopes of becoming a powerful fighter, making friends and foes alike along the way, including Yamcha, a desert bandit who's petrified of girls, Oolong, a shape-shifting pig, and Muten Roshi, a perverted old hermit said to be one of the strongest martial artists in the world.

The ViZBIG editions of the Dragon Ball manga pack together three volumes into a single book, and the first volume covers the beginning of Goku's journey up until his participation in the Tenka-ichi Budokai tournament. With a rather astounding five-hundred pages of globe-trotting comedic story, it is most certainly worth the purchase for newcomers to the series who wish to easily access the manga without collecting the individual 42 volumes. Panels are consistent, clear and easy to read with the book's size. Long-time fans of the franchise, however, may debate as to the quality of these releases. While the ViZBIG editions are much larger in both page size and volume compared to their original releases, the localization and censorship in the volumes can make reading rather bothersome for those who enjoy experiencing the content as it was intended to be experienced. For newcomers, however, censorship is easily negligible. Dialogue, on the other hand, can either be irritant or negligible depending on how the reader prefers writing styles, as most characters, Goku especially, are made to sound like illiterate 'bumpkins' with shortened phrases such as "Wuzzat?" and "Can'tcha," while other characters, such as Yamcha, are made to sound too formal at times where it doesn't suit, responding to other characters with phrases such as "Indeed!".

Censorship and dialogue aside, however, the manga overall is a wonderful experience for first-time readers of the franchise's content, and is splendid at providing the initial push into the universe of Son Goku and his friends.

- jasper_james

Dragonball is the story of son goku's journey before dba. In this first book you get volumes 1-3 of the series and this includes Goku and bulma finding the dragonballs and losing them and then Goku training with the turtle hermit. I enjoyed all of this book but the second half (the training) was much better.
Also my 3 favourite characters are:
-Turtle hermit

- ismael_price

Ótima edição e acabamento. Mangá feito com papel off-set, com páginas coloridas em diversas partes da edição e capa com orelhas. Vale a pena colecionar!

- isabela_thompson

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